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PEDs on the Pitch: The Lie of Drug-Free Football

PEDs on the Pitch: The Lie of Drug-Free Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

It is often said that taking performance enhancing drugs makes no sense for soccer players. Then why do so many do so? An internal list from the World Anti-Doping Agency reveals the substances players have been caught using. And shows that football officials seek to play down the issue. By Rafael Buschmann, Lukas Eberle, Christoph Henrichs and Gerhard Pfeil more... Comment ]

President Duterte and the Death Squads: A Politician and an Ex-Hitman Take on Philippine Leader

President Duterte and the Death Squads: A Politician and an Ex-Hitman Take on Philippine Leader

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 27, 2017

More than 7,000 people have died in the war on drugs since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office. A politician who has investigated the leader fears for her life and has since been arrested. Her most important witness, a former hitman, is living in hiding in the rainforest. By Katrin Kuntz (Text) and Carlo Gabuco (Photos) more... Comment ]


Lift the Ban! Kofi Annan on Why It's Time To Legalize Drugs

Lift the Ban! Kofi Annan on Why It's Time To Legalize Drugs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 22, 2016

Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics policies are an even bigger threat because punishment is given a greater priority than health and human rights. It's time for regulations that put lives and safety first, argues former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Essay by Kofi Annan more... Comment ]

The Curaçao Connection: Germany Becomes a Destination for Drug Mules

The Curaçao Connection: Germany Becomes a Destination for Drug Mules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2015

In 2011, Air Berlin became the first German airline to offer non-stop service to Curaçao. Since then, customs inspectors in Düsseldorf have been battling a serious cocaine smuggling problem. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]


Legal Highs: Welcome to the Cannabis Revolution

Legal Highs: Welcome to the Cannabis Revolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2015

A new consensus is emerging that bans on cannabis are counterproductive. Across the world, countries are legalizing its use for pleasure and medical treatment -- but Germany still lags behind. By Marco Evers and Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]

47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2014

It started as a routine charter flight. But when the business jet landed in Venezuela, armed men loaded 47 sacks of cocaine on board and forced the crew to fly the cargo back across the Atlantic. Since then, the German pilot has been living under an assumed identity. By Arndt Ginzel, Martin Kraushaar and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]


Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2014

Most murders don't even make the front page in Mexico anymore. But the recent abduction of 43 students has infuriated the country. The story has exposed the tight relationship between politics, law enforcement and organized crime. And it shows how weak the state has become. By Marian Blasberg and Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]

America's Marijuana Revolution: Ganjapreneurs Hit the Jackpot

America's Marijuana Revolution: Ganjapreneurs Hit the Jackpot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Since the legalization of marijuana in two US states in January, entrepreneurs and investors have been seeing green. Observers believe the industry will grow rapidly and may even rival the Dot.Com boom of the 1990s. By Anne Seith in Denver, Colorado more... Comment ]


The High Before the Crash: Germany's Crystal Meth Pandemic

The High Before the Crash: Germany's Crystal Meth Pandemic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2014

In recent years, crystal meth use seems to have exploded in Germany, particularly along the Czech border. As researchers are discovering, the population of users is much more diverse than many people expect. By Anna Kistner more... Comment ]

Child Pornography: Victims of Exploitation Struggle to Forget

Child Pornography: Victims of Exploitation Struggle to Forget

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2014

The roots of the scandal leading to the resignation of German parliamentarian Sebastian Edathy lie in Romania. In the village of Racsa, boys were filmed naked and the footage sold onward. The shame still haunts them. By Maximilian Popp in Racsa, Romania more... Comment ]